As the fight for border wall funding rages on Capitol Hill, there has always been a little something in the background that those who know the law have been saying for quite a while. On Sunday morning and to swamp creature Chris Wallace of Fox News, White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confirmed the reality:
President Trump has the power to build the wall any time he wants.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says that President Trump will pull from several pots of money to fulfill his pledge to build a Southern border wall, indicating the White House is prepared to accept a deal from Congress that doesn’t fully meet the president’s full $5.7 billion border request.
“We’ll take as much money as you can give us and then we’ll go off and find the money someplace else, legally, in order to secure that Southern barrier, but this is going to get built with or without Congress,” Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday.
“The president is going to build the wall,” he declared.
Mulvaney said “there is money that he can get at and is legally allowed to spend,” adding “all of this is going to be legal.”
He said the president can repurpose some federal funding without declaring a national emergency but didn’t rule out the possibility that Trump may still declare such an emergency to give his administration more flexibility.
“Any president can do this,” Mulvaney. “There are certain funds of money that he can get to without declaring a national emergency and other funds that he can only get to after declaring a national emergency.
“The whole pot is well north of $5.7 billion,” he added, referring to the full among Trump has requested from Congress to build the wall.
So why the pretext of trying to get border wall funding out of Democrats?
Good question. Although, they have shown their true colors in their denial of the president’s request. Hopefully, those who care about immigration will comprehend that.